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Symposium Held on Historically Black Colleges, Universities

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Albemarle High School is making sure its students are getting a head start on the college search.

Dozens gathered Tuesday night for a first-of-its-kind symposium about historically black colleges and universities. Students and parents learned more about the admissions process and the academic and cultural opportunities HBCUs have to offer.

This event was a local version of an annual statewide symposium in Northern Virginia.

Guidance counselors say getting students and parents involved in the college process early enough can be difficult and they hope the symposium will guide students in the right direction.

"It's never too early to get started, really. Students can start as early as sixth, seventh grade getting ready, looking at colleges, finding out what they need to do," said guidance counselor Jacquelyn Perry.

A panel of HBCU graduates and admissions experts was on hand Tuesday night to take questions from the audience.

"It's very complicated. It's a very long process and getting started early is very important so you're not rushing last minute," said Kai Millner, a student at Albemarle High School.

Albemarle High School will take a number of students up to the symposium in Northern Virginia next February.

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